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Ready News: November 14, 2013

Ready News
November 14, 2013

Lessons in Collective Impact


Lessons in Collective Impact

Imagine that leaders carrying out collective impact efforts around the country came to your community to share their insights on how to succeed. That recently happened in St. Louis - and those insights are available to everyone.


The Saigh Symposium on Teen Development brought together government officials, nonprofit executives and youth to discuss how a community can use collective impact strategies to improve the odds of success for all young people. 

  • Sue Gallagher, director of research analysis and planning at Children's Services Council of Broward County, Fla., illustrated the importance of using data to inform interventions, monitor progress and expand support from community members.
  • Jean Walker, vice president of education and community engagement at the United Way of Greater Atlanta (and a member of the Ready by 21 Leadership Council), reflected on how community leaders collaborated to change their infrastructure to focus on a cradle-to-career framework instead of a narrow focus on an isolated phase of an individual's development.
  • Jairus Cater, former co-chair of the Mayor's Child and Youth Taskforce in Nashville, Tenn., (and a board member at the Forum for Youth Investment) discussed the importance of engaging youth as "co-changemakers" in collective impact efforts.  

All three communities used Ready by 21® strategies. See the webcast, including panel presentations and audience questions. The event was hosted by the Wyman Center

 News & Resources
Collective Impact
Getting a Better Picture of Youth Well-Being

A Virginia city is using data in new ways to see how its young people are doing and to build support for change. The Alexandria Children & Youth Well-Being Profile, created in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment, used data collection, public input and analysis to identify key issues. Next up: finalizing a draft Children and Youth Master Plan to address those issues.

Opportunity Youth


GradNation Summits Take Off
The GradNation Community Summits, spearheaded by America's Promise Alliance, are drawing lots of public and media attention. Read about the summits in Las Vegas, Nev., Louisville, Ky., and Rochester, N.Y.


Expanding Minds: More Than Just Another "To-Do"
Hear how afterschool administrators are working together to expand quality afterschool and summer learning programs in this webinar by the Developmental Studies Center.
When: Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET
Coordinate This: Afterschool Across Cities
Join this webinar as Every Hour Counts explores findings from a report on the status of afterschool coordination nationwide.
When: Nov. 19, 2 p.m. ET



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